Andre Kohn

The precise convergence of three dynamic forces-culture, environment and talent-combined to produce one of the most collected figurative painters on the American art scene today.

Raised by an artistically gifted family near the Caspian Sea in southern Russia, Andre Kohn’s childhood was marked by the natural splendor of mountains and sea, and by an unfettered access to all the creative arts.

His mother was a symphony violinist and his father a noted linguist, writer and sculptor. Both were educators trained in psychology who gave their only child unrestricted opportunity to explore the depths of art and his own obvious talent. Paintings, sculpture and books filled the family’s tiny, one-bedroom home. It was a childhood without material possessions, but a childhood which taught him that the creative arts are the only true wealth. Kohn’s parents also encouraged their son to draw on any surface-including the wallpaper in their home-which they simply re-papered when he grew old enough to favor sketchbooks. His memory of childhood is that “music and art were everywhere.”

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Annie Wildey

Annie draws her inspiration from the coastal landscape where she lives in Mystic, Connecticut and on her travels and art residencies in the US and Europe.

In her current work, Annie celebrates the sea, sun, wind and moon. An intoxicating combination of elements that can nourish, nurture and surprise us in both dramatic and quiet ways. While Mother Nature puts on a spectacular display of beauty at sunset, the sun can also sparkle like jewels on the ocean. In the next moment glistening beads of water explode into the air as the wind catches the surf. The moon on the other hand has a serene like presence, quietly waiting for you to take notice as it peeks above the horizon without much fanfare, and it bids the night good bye in an early morning sky as the waves gently lap on the shore.

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Benjamin Casiano

Native New Yorker, Benjamin Casiano is an accomplished creative director, designer & painter. He received his BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Although he ventured into the world of design, art is his first love. Many describe his art as a form of pop-cubism. Today his art is owned by corporate & private collectors in the US & abroad. Recognized with numerous honors & awards. Casiano is currently exhibiting in New York City, Philadelphia & Paris. His goal is to simply add something not seen in modern day culture. Something different, something beautiful, one painting at a time. One exhibition at a time.

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Janine Robertson

Art and design in varied forms have always been a driving interest in my life.

Living in Madison, Connecticut, I began my career as a muralist and trompe l’oeil painter doing significant commercial and residential installations throughout New England. Eventually I changed my focus to landscape painting in oil as my work as a muralist became increasingly detailed. In this medium I discovered a more satisfying, intimate scale for my work. It was in my exploration of landscape painting where I discovered a love of aluminum and copper as a substrate. The ultra smooth surface highlights brushstrokes and texture while adding an ethereal quality to my work. The depth and light of the reflective surface adds wonderful dimension to my paintings.

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Mary Scrimgeour

A market in the South of France, a remote island in the Gulf of Mexico and a desert sojourn are all part of a newly defined narrative for artist Mary Scrimgeour. Recently as a result of taking a self-imposed sabbatical from painting full time in a quest for redefinition of her painting career she has spent the last three years traveling, writing and studying art in pursuit of a deeper perhaps more authentic level of her creativity.

Embracing a minimalist philosophy she chose to sell everything that she owned except for a few necessary things and set out in search of a new perspective and new experiences. Often exchanging paintings for lodging, she met new people along the way and reconnected with old friends relying on maps and her intuition to guide her; all which brought her to a new relationship and her current residency in Minnesota.

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Paola Grizi

Paola Grizi developed her love of art when she was still a child, while watching the work of her grandfather, who was a well known Italian painter and sculptor. After graduating from high school in classical studies and earning a first class honors degree in literature, she worked in the journalistic and editorial field. Her artistic imprinting reemerged later with great strength and was responsible for her choosing to dedicate herself to art full time

She had the opportunity to refine her skills when she encountered Maestro Salvatore Rizzuti, Professor of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Art of Palermo, who perfected her technique in shaping human figures.

In 2015 she won the “CICA 2015 Public`s Prize” (Museu de Ceramica de L`Alcora –Spain), in 2014 the 3rd Biannual International ceramics contest of Ascoli Piceno, in 2009 the special critical prize in Florence (La Pergola Arte). In 2014 and 2015 she has been invited by Chinese Changchun Municipality to represent Italy at the 3rd and 4th China Changchun International Ceramics Symposium. In 2016 she was invited by the Museu de Ceramica de L`Alcora as a member of the jury of 36° CICA 2016.

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Rachel Ducker

With an incredibly visual, active mind Rachel has an insatiable desire to create and make. Well practiced in life drawing and with an appreciation of the human form and the emotional dynamics of human nature, combined with being originally trained as a jeweler, lead her to experiment with wire as a medium for sculpting the human form, capturing something ephemeral, either emotive or active.

Her pieces are untitled due to her belief that everyone sees something different in the sculptures and her lack of suggestion leads them to live that moment she portrays in their own particular way, therefore expanding the piece of work further with every viewer.

The translucency and form of her work allows rather dramatic shadows to be cast and with the right lighting, can show the three dimensional form on a two dimensional level creating an effect resembling a pencil sketch on the wall.

Rachel uses no model and she doesn’t form the shape around anything. The posture is first designed and then the pieces are carefully molded by hand and then gradually added to, wrapping wire, layer by layer. Her satisfaction with the posture can be instantaneous or take days and every angle important right to the tip of the finger and to a millimeter of adjustment until just right. She discovered that the slightest movement in the angle of the hand or fingers, or the tilting of the head changes everything the figure is portraying.

Her sculptures being featureless leaves the posture to say all, expressing the feeling. The hair creating the scene, making all more turbulent, dramatic, adding latent movement and tenacity. She is very focused on people watching and body language and how people express themselves physically and all goes along side her keen interest in psychology.

Her inspiration may come from the human form, but she is also greatly inspired by different materials, found objects and new techniques and is keen to combine mediums, finding it often leading to new ideas, which Rachel is never short of!

The wire work keeps her more than busy, supplying over twenty galleries in the UK alone, various exhibitions and numerous private commissions globally. But Rachel tries to keep her active mind diverse in it’s creativity. She still makes her silver cast jewelry to commission and enjoys experimenting with painting, life drawing mono-prints, photography and is keen to try animation with the wire figures, as well as constantly moving on with the sculpture.

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Roxanne Rossi

Roxanne Rossi was born and raised in Colorado, and received her Fine Art Degree from the University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis in drawing and painting.

As an art educator for 30 years in Colorado, she continued her studio practice as well as her own education of a variety of materials and mediums. While teaching full time, even though studio time was limited, she was able to show her work and win awards.

Now with her studio in Denver and a new studio in Tucson, she is able to devote full time to her art. She consistently works to develop her visual language in mixed media. Her current work is exploring the use of layered papers to create textures and subtle imagery in both her acrylic paintings and her cast paper work. She continues to teach small paper-making classes to adults, to give lectures, and to jury shows.

Roxanne is part of the Denver Convention Center, IMA Financial, Collegiate Peaks Bank, and several other permanent art collections. She has shown in a variety of cities in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana, and New York.

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Samuel Austin

The practice of art constitutes  the highest and most unique form of human expression. I like to think of my drawings and paintings as having a sense of humility and accessibility about them while being quite serious about their artistic purpose. They are watercolors, often with the inclusion of gesso, sumi ink and ball-point pen. I pay attention to details. These works are made from the highest quality pigments and paper available.  My Artist Statement gives more information on why I spend so much time painting.

Beauty is reflected in honesty, humility and frugality. My painting is an effort to reveal these principles.

Through a process of creation/destruction/experimentation, back and forth I work on the paper. Gradually, I tease out the image. Nothing is predetermined. I use a very limited palette of watercolor pigment, gesso and ballpoint pen. I try to think of these materials in a very basic way. I have paper. I have pigment. And I have an emotional reaction to the subject matter. I try to work directly on the paper surface without field sketching or erasing. My goal is to preserve the freshness of the painting and reveal my beliefs about beauty by using the materials and treating the surface in these ways.

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Tatjana Krizmanic

Tatjana Krizmanic is known for her brilliant pastel drawings and oil paintings, which depict ordinary life with a distinctly European sensibility. Krizmanic’s work is marked by a warm cheerfulness, where bright colors and swirling perspectives make everyday settings come alive, such as a trip to the farmers’ market or morning coffee. Surreal and inventive, her work recalls Chagall, Matisse, Klimt, Picasso – influences she grew up with.

Born in Zagreb, Tatjana started painting at age fourteen. After studying at the University of Zagreb, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she completed her studies at Georgetown University. Over the next ten years she created paintings for friends and patrons, while working as an art director.

Since her first exhibit in Boulder, Colorado, she has built a strong following, and her paintings reside in numerous private collections and museums. Her work is shown in galleries in United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Krizmanic divides her time between her home on the Adriatic coast of Croatia and New York City.

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Todd Redmond

Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

In my latest series of work, I have used abstracted heads to illustrate contemporary issues of modern life. The figure is the world’s oldest, most enduring subject because it always has something to tell us about what it is to be human. We can all engage with this form on some level.

Lately I have been using colored slips and washes to cover my pieces. This tends to bring out the cartoonish qualities of the figures, which I often exaggerate or elongate to emphasize some aspect.

Creating sculptures in clay requires thinking ahead to the end result. Certain proportions and mass have to be in place from the beginning of the piece. With sculpture, each piece is intentional even as each is free-spirited and irreverent.

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